Hurricane Florence, overdue post..

Maria and I hope all is well with all of you.

We weathered the storm fairly well, and I’ve been meaning to post for a while now. Things have been a bit hectic and scrambled.

We didn’t have much damage at all. There are areas around Wilmington that were hit quite hard, but we came through pretty well. I had to work nightshift straight through the storm and for a couple of weeks after without a day off. Those 12 hour shifts day after day can wear you down quickly.

During the storm, we lost power for a few days, but that little Honda generator that we take up to the farm was a gem. We could run the fridge, the freezer, a fan, and charge our phones. We could also use the microwave or coffee maker if we temporarily unplugged the fridge.

Maria was the true trooper of the storm. She had to hunker down at home while I was out in it. Worrying about me and taking care of things here. We also ended up with a couple of guys I work with staying with us until they could get back to their own homes. She was the rock in the middle of the storm for sure. She took great care of us all.

I saw some damage while working, a lot of flooding, some trees down, and some structural damage.

Yep, that’s a car in a hole.

Once the flooding started to subside we could see in different areas that there were a lot of fish that got trapped.

There are certain areas where the smell is horrendous.

All in all, things are starting to get back to normal. There were about 20 Deputies that lost their homes completely in the storm, mainly from flooding. Everyone else in the department is trying to help those in need. It just sucks to be out there working in the middle of the storm to save others, only to find out that you have no home to go to at the end of that shift.

Anyway, we would love to hear from all of you, let us know how things are going. Take care for now, as we get ready for a big fall festival/ forging demo coming up in November. More to come on that adventure!

All the best,

Chad

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